not ashamed, not afraid

January 20, 2011

John 3:1-2

1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Nick visited at night (and inspired a network?) because he was a) afraid   b) ashamed  c) both.  He was a smart man, yet he was afraid of what his friends might think?  He was a powerful man – a member of the ruling council- and yet was ashamed of his ignorance of Truth.

So it is easy to understand how the hoi polloi  would not know how to handle Jesus, either then or now.  But Jesus says to the masses,  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11, NIV)

Jesus also said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  (Matthew 19, NIV)

As he walked on the seashore and through the city streets, he said, to any who would listen,  “Follow me.”

And he doesn’t care if we are part of the hoi polloi or the hoi oligoi, he invites us to follow, and he gives us rest.  Child or adult, he wants to be your friend.

Don’t be afraid.  Don’t be ashamed.  Don’t worry about sneaking in after dark for Nic at Night.

Simply follow.  Simply trust.  Simply believe.

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